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Posted Friday 3 July 2015
To the uninitiated observer, the latest work from Kingston University fine art student Sophie Filipiuk might simply look like a collection of cuddly canines straight off the set of much-loved children's movie 101 Dalmatians. To its creator, however, there is a far more serious message behind the assembled soft toys, trinkets and spotted objects on which they're perched - her 201-piece installation is an examination of obsession, greed and the often complex world of the hoarder.
Sophie's latest work, called Dal-Nation, has been inspired by Dodie Smith's 1956 children's novel about Dalmatian pups sought after by fur-obsessed fashionista Cruella De Vil, whose rampant addiction drove her to extreme behaviour. Unlike the determined villain, whose antics have sent shockwaves through generations of young bookworms and movie-goers, Sophie didn't resort to kennel-raiding and dog-napping to create her masterpiece though. Instead, her exhibit consists of an array of Dalmatian-themed paraphernalia painstakingly salvaged from car boot sales and charity shops, set atop a decorative display of boxes specially hand-painted with the help of artist friends....
Posted Thursday 25 June 2015
A keen conservationist and up-coming-designer has turned her talents to devising a shelter for one of the United Kingdom's most treasured garden inhabitants - the hedgehog. Wildlife enthusiast Antigone Frichot, who has just completed a BA(Hons) in Product and Furniture Design at Kingston University, has come up with the concept for a garden haven light enough for human handling but robust enough to withstand the dogs, badgers and foxes who prey upon the spiny mammals and their young.
Dubbed Hoglodge, Antigone's creation is made of terracotta, which she chose for its insulating properties, and consists of a raised hollow base topped with a floor, a wall and a dome cover. The base has been designed to keep hibernating residents off the cold ground, while the wall deflects wind and blocks predators from gaining entry....
Posted Tuesday 9 June 2015
The School of Nursing at Kingston University and St George's, University of London has clinched three of the top honours at this year's Student Nursing Times Awards. Nikki Yun and Laura Hart have been named Most Inspirational Student of the Year and Post-registration Nurse of the Year respectively, while lecturers Karen Elliott, Michelle McBride and Neesha Oozageer have scooped the Teaching Innovation of the Year award.
The accolades, presented by leading healthcare publication Nursing Times, celebrate the achievements of students who have excelled during their courses and the mentors, lecturers and educational providers who nurture and inspire them along the way....
Posted Friday 29 May 2015
Graduating students from Kingston University's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture have showcased their final projects in a major exhibition at the Knights Park campus.
The Kingston University undergraduate degree show has become a must-see fixture in the calendar for design aficionados and this year was no exception, providing industry experts and recruiters with an opportunity to get up close and personal with emerging creative talent. ‘Thinking Through Making' unveiled the work of students completing degree courses in architecture, design, film-making, fine art, landscape architecture, graphic design, illustration and animation, interior design, photography and product and furniture design....
Posted Friday 29 May 2015
An up-and-coming designer from Kingston University has landed a sought-after role at Dior. Josh Read, who has just unveiled his collection on the catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week, has been snapped up by the French fashion label after being named one of the winners of the coveted LVMH Graduate Prize. He will take up a one-year internship at Dior's French headquarters in Paris in August.
"The role at Dior will be such an amazing opportunity to develop my knowledge and work with prominent industry figures. Coming as a result of being recognised by high-end luxury conglomerate LVMH makes it even more exciting," the 21-year-old designer from Horsham, in West Sussex, said. "I've always admired Dior so it's fantastic to have the chance to work with the brand, particularly so early in my career. Their style is all about making a woman feel confident, which is something I've concentrated on in my latest collection. It's also a very influential brand in terms of colour and fabric."...
Posted Wednesday 13 May 2015
The University is forging new relationships with people aged 60 and over who studied at Kingston. Picture: John Birdsall/REX_Shutterstock.Legacy marketing - when a university gets in touch with its alumni with the aim of encouraging them to remember their alma mater in their wills - is an increasingly important aspect of higher education fundraising. Following in the footsteps of charities, for which legacies have long been a major income stream, universities have begun to step up their communication with potential will donors.
The biggest challenge of legacy marketing is to design activity that will prompt alumni to include their former universities in their wills and then to identify ways to measure the impact of this activity. Kingston University has this year taken an original approach to addressing this. The resulting campaign has been a huge success, more than doubling the number of known legacies to the University. The initiative has also been shortlisted for an Institute of Fundraising 2015 National Fundraising Award in the category of best legacy campaign....
Posted Friday 8 May 2015
Stefan is now working on two sequels to Bitter Sixteen, which he hopes will be published during the next two years.A novel about a teenage superhero, which won Kingston University graduate Stefan Mohamed a Dylan Thomas award in 2010, has now been published and is already creating ripples with The Times naming it ‘Children's Book of the Week'.
Stefan picked up the Sony Reader prize for unpublished writers for his novel Bitter Sixteen in the year he graduated. It was later turned in to an eBook and is now available in paperback format, produced by Salt Publishing....
Posted Wednesday 1 April 2015
Inspired by the catwalk show at Kingston University's London Fashion Week show, the graduate recruitment team at law firm Clifford Chance commissioned MA Fashion students to come up with a fresh new look for their ‘graduate hoodie' design.
Thirty students took part in a sponsored project to capture the spirit and essence of the Clifford Chance brand in a new sweatshirt design for their 2015 intake of graduate recruits.
The brief was to produce three ranges of six designs. A ‘concept range', pushing the boundaries of the design process; a ‘diffusion range' distilling ideas into a marketable store ready product and an ‘off the shelf' range that could be manufactured by Clifford Chance for a £25 per unit cost.
Eleven finalists exhibited at a showcase event on the 30th floor of Clifford Chance's Canary Wharf building on Friday - to an audience of over 200 members of the Clifford Chance community, from senior partners through to trainees.
The winning designs were decided via a vote which took place on the Clifford Chance UK graduate Facebook page with Marjade Roniet and Nikki Diep's proposals garnering the highest number of votes. Marjade's designs will be used to create a new line of merchandise that will be available accross the entire Clifford Chance firm and Nikki's design will be used primarily for the 2015/16 Graduate Marketing Campaign.
Kingston Fashion have been working to secure corporate sponsorship for their programmes, exploring the university's alumni links to unlock new funding opportunities. "It's been a great project for the students to work on, they have excelled in many ways," says course director Andrew Ibi. "These kind of creative, professional industry projects are important for our 'sponsorship' portfolio."
Laura Yeates, a Kingston University Business graduate, and Head of Graduate Talent at Clifford Chance said "We are delighted with the execution of the project and the results exceeded all initial expectations. The students were professional, engaged and understood the commercial brief."